For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 7 is the seventh instalment of the third season of a historical fantasy TV drama series streaming on Apple TV+. Created by Ronald D. Moore (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), For All Mankind reimagines the space race of the 60s/70s as an alternate reality where the Soviet Union put a man on the moon before the USA. Season 3 picks up a decade after the events of season 2, meaning the setting is now 1992 – with a video montage that introduces us to this alternate milieu.
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Entitled “Bring It Down”, For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 7 lives up to its title, with conflicts between characters threatening to destroy all the accomplishments these characters have achieved. As mentioned before in previous analyses, For All Mankind Season 3 has done a good job in ramping up the pressure on the key characters in an effort to sustain our engagement with them. And it has succeeded up to a point.
For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 7 dials up the tension up on Mars, within NASA and in the White House itself. Yes, the tense relationship amongst NASA, the Soviets and Helios as parties seeks to make the concept of Martian occupation tenable is always on a knife edge. But this time, all the problems are caused by one person – Danny Stevens. Now, here is where logic gets thrown out the door. After all the warning signs, why would Baldwin still trust Stevens with critical tasks – the outcome is predictable and inevitable. Silly.
Over at NASA, Elena is obsessed with finding the Soviet mole when her own mentor Margo Madison is the traitor. But by the end of the episode, Elena begins to realise the awful truth. Finally, there is the whole Ellen Wilson as President story arc, which frankly, is unrealistic. Wilson’s character development is the least interesting of all, and making her the first female President (and closeted lesbian) is even harder to swallow.
For All Mankind Season 3 Episode 7 is a mixed bag, hopefully the series will come out of this slump to deliver a strong season ending!
Now streaming on AppleTV+.
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